There is palpable buzz around the return of UAB Football, but there is a lot of buzz surrounding the Marching Blazers returning to the Football gridiron too.
Sure, they never stopped working to memorize every detail of their music or positions on the field the past two years, but now they get to perform in front of a home football crowd again. Except this time they will do so in a new style.
The Marching Blazers will be debuting their new uniforms on Sept. 2, 2017 along with the return of UAB Football. The uniforms feature the likeness of Blaze on the chest of every member. These will replace the previous uniforms that had seen many years of sweat and action, all thanks to many of you who donated money to help fund these new beauties. (Click the link to check them out!)
Not only do the Marching Blazers have a new set of threads to accompany the Return, they have a new Director of Bands at the helm. Dr. Sean Murray was announced as the new Director of Bands at UAB after an extensive, nationwide search when Dr. Sue Samuels left the position. Dr. Gene Fambrough served as the interim director for the 2016-2017 school year and did an outstanding job running the program on and off the field, concert stage, and recruiting.
Dr. Murray comes to UAB from conference foe Florida Atlantic where he served as Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Conductor of the Symphony Band. He also assisted in the administration of the university band program, oversaw the development of the athletic bands program, supervised student teachers, and taught music education courses.
He brings a new face, attitude, and direction to the Marching Blazers and the Department of Music at UAB.
The Marching Blazer’s show theme this year is entitled “The British Invasion” and will feature songs from many well known artists and bands such as The Who, Adele, The Beatles, Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John.
The 2017-2018 edition of the Sound of the Magic City can be seen and heard at many events this year, including all home games and several High School Competitions as an exhibition band. Here is the tentative schedule of performances for the Marching Blazers.
2 – Game 1 vs. Alabama A&M
16 – Game 2 vs. Coastal Carolina
7 – Game 3 vs. La Tech
7 – Exhibition at Sparks in the Park, Spain
Park, Time TBA
14 – Game 4 vs. MTSU
14 – Exhibition at Pride of the Valley, Pinson
Valley, Time TBA
28 – Game 5- Possible away trip to USM
4 – Game 6 vs. Rice
25 – Game 7 vs. UTEP
Soon the Sound of the Magic City will be back on campus working tirelessly to put together a pregame and halftime show for you, the audience, as well as learning the stands tunes we all know and love for the Return of UAB Football.
See you all on September 2. Ever Faithful, Ever Loyal!